James Luceno
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James Luceno
"What I thought would be a year's work has since turned into a career." - James Luceno

It takes a gifted author to write in the Star Wars universe, and an even better one to pen projects from both Legends and Canon. By that measure, James Luceno is an incredible talent.

In the late 1990s, Luceno was first given the nod to work inStar Wars when he was brought on as a consultant for the New Jedi Order series. His work in other properties had convinced the higher ups at Del Rey that he was the right choice to craft the outline for the upcoming series. Luceno worked closely with other authors—and even George Lucas—to create the roadmap for the series, while also writing several of the installments himself.

However, Luceno’s impact goes far beyond the New Jedi Order. He has been entrusted with such important characters as Grand Moff Tarkin, Darth Vader, and Palpatine. He transformed Darth Plagueis’ story from one scene in Revenge of the Sith into a full-length novel. Not to mention, he helped one of his closest friends, Brian Daley, with many of the plot points in the Han Solo Adventures 

James Luceno is, perhaps, one of the most underappreciated figures in Star Wars. His fingerprints are all over the written material from one end of the timeline to the other, and it’s all the better because of it.

Check out some of Luceno’s hand-picked works below!

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Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
All wars create loss. Loss of life. Loss of friends. Loss of faith. For Han Solo, the Yuuzhan Vong war has handed him all of those losses together. Heart-broken by recent events, Han does what he knows best and isolates himself from the rest of the New Republic. Determined to live up to his last name, Han sets out on his own on a mission for vengeance. However, as he tries to leave the New Republic behind, he finds himself pulled right back in as he discovers a massive plot to undermine the government. As the fourth book in the New Jedi Order series and the first of James Luceno’s Agents of Chaos duology, this novel set the stage for a new phase of the Yuuzhan Vong war.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

The Unifying Force

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
The Yuuzhan Vong near ultimate victory in their quest to conquer the galaxy. The floundering Alliance is on the brink of total collapse. Meanwhile, some of its greatest heroes have vanished in its most dire time of need. However, an uprising from among the Yuuzhan Vong’s own ranks and a strange new toxin known as Alpha Red offer a small ray of hope. As the final moves of the war are made, Luke, Han, and Leia are desperate to stop the Yuuzhan Vong and save their galaxy once and for all...no matter the cost.With this novel, James Luceno takes readers on one final ride in the climactic conclusion of the lengthy New Jedi Order series.
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Labyrinth of Evil

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
Very Good
8.2
8.2
8.2

Darth Sidious has expertly hidden his existence from the Jedi for many years. In Labyrinth of Evil, his elusiveness shines towards the end of the Clone Wars as his identity is being chased by Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.

While Anakin and Obi Wan are occupied with their intense mission, Count Dooku and General Grievous work on setting their master's next plans into motion. Author James Luceno uses this opportunity to offer us the backstories of these two villains before foreshadowing Anakin's fall to the dark side.

Very Good
8.2
8.2
8.2
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
A tie-in to the Star Wars: Dark Forces and Star Wars: Jedi Knight games, this novella kicks off a trilogy and features notable characters like Thrawn, Lando Calrissian, and Mon Mothma while providing an early EU example of the plot to steal the Death Star plans.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Millennium Falcon

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
The Millennium Falcon is by far the most famous starship in the galaxy far, far away. But it didn’t always belong to Han Solo -- or Lando Calrissian, for that matter. The freighter itself underwent more treacherous adventures in Legends than the scruffy-looking scoundrel who eventually gained possession of it. This book opens our eyes to some of these adventures. Millennium Falcon is one of the last books on the Star Wars Legends timeline, the present-day portions taking place in 43 ABY. By this point in the overarching story, Han and Leia have taken on the task of raising their granddaughter while navigating the many dangers that still lurk across the galaxy.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Darth Plagueis

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1

Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It's a sprawling tale that establishes several important origin stories for characters fans know well. Readers learn how Plagueis seduced Palpatine to the dark side and how their alliance led to the Sith apprentice’s ultimate betrayal of his master. This is how darkness truly began to rise.

Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Tarkin

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1

Compared with other villainous characters in the Star Wars universe, very little is known about Grand Moff Tarkin. Yet he remains one of the most hated Imperials of all time. He’s the one who gave the command that left Alderaan in ruins. He is unsympathetic and menacing. A man of true evil.

Leave it to James Luceno to craft a Wilhuff Tarkin origin story audiences never knew they needed. Five years after the birth of the Empire, we meet a man who has yet to rise through the ranks to become the tyrant we know he will become. Tarkin’s refusal to let anyone or anything stand in his path will get him exactly where he wants to go … but not without cost.

Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by

When Director Krennic arrives on Lah'mu to bring Galen Erso back into the arms of the Empire, he greets him as an old friend. While his nefarious motivations are clear to any viewer, we can't help but wonder...did this friendship truly exist?

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel answers this question by introducing us to the two men as they both attempt to climb the professional ladder in their respective fields. Galen's obsession with kyber crystals proves to be an irresistible draw to Krennic as well as a distinct hindrance to the family life that Galen and Lyra are trying to create.

If you ever wondered how the most brilliant scientist in the galaxy could walk away from his life's dream in order to hide on a farm at the edges of the universe, this is exactly the place to start.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Tarkin

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1

Compared with other villainous characters in the Star Wars universe, very little is known about Grand Moff Tarkin. Yet he remains one of the most hated Imperials of all time. He’s the one who gave the command that left Alderaan in ruins. He is unsympathetic and menacing. A man of true evil.

Leave it to James Luceno to craft a Wilhuff Tarkin origin story audiences never knew they needed. Five years after the birth of the Empire, we meet a man who has yet to rise through the ranks to become the tyrant we know he will become. Tarkin’s refusal to let anyone or anything stand in his path will get him exactly where he wants to go … but not without cost.

Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by

When Director Krennic arrives on Lah'mu to bring Galen Erso back into the arms of the Empire, he greets him as an old friend. While his nefarious motivations are clear to any viewer, we can't help but wonder...did this friendship truly exist?

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel answers this question by introducing us to the two men as they both attempt to climb the professional ladder in their respective fields. Galen's obsession with kyber crystals proves to be an irresistible draw to Krennic as well as a distinct hindrance to the family life that Galen and Lyra are trying to create.

If you ever wondered how the most brilliant scientist in the galaxy could walk away from his life's dream in order to hide on a farm at the edges of the universe, this is exactly the place to start.

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Darth Plagueis

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1

Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It's a sprawling tale that establishes several important origin stories for characters fans know well. Readers learn how Plagueis seduced Palpatine to the dark side and how their alliance led to the Sith apprentice’s ultimate betrayal of his master. This is how darkness truly began to rise.

Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Labyrinth of Evil

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
Very Good
8.2
8.2
8.2

Darth Sidious has expertly hidden his existence from the Jedi for many years. In Labyrinth of Evil, his elusiveness shines towards the end of the Clone Wars as his identity is being chased by Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.

While Anakin and Obi Wan are occupied with their intense mission, Count Dooku and General Grievous work on setting their master's next plans into motion. Author James Luceno uses this opportunity to offer us the backstories of these two villains before foreshadowing Anakin's fall to the dark side.

Very Good
8.2
8.2
8.2
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
A tie-in to the Star Wars: Dark Forces and Star Wars: Jedi Knight games, this novella kicks off a trilogy and features notable characters like Thrawn, Lando Calrissian, and Mon Mothma while providing an early EU example of the plot to steal the Death Star plans.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Millennium Falcon

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
The Millennium Falcon is by far the most famous starship in the galaxy far, far away. But it didn’t always belong to Han Solo -- or Lando Calrissian, for that matter. The freighter itself underwent more treacherous adventures in Legends than the scruffy-looking scoundrel who eventually gained possession of it. This book opens our eyes to some of these adventures. Millennium Falcon is one of the last books on the Star Wars Legends timeline, the present-day portions taking place in 43 ABY. By this point in the overarching story, Han and Leia have taken on the task of raising their granddaughter while navigating the many dangers that still lurk across the galaxy.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
All wars create loss. Loss of life. Loss of friends. Loss of faith. For Han Solo, the Yuuzhan Vong war has handed him all of those losses together. Heart-broken by recent events, Han does what he knows best and isolates himself from the rest of the New Republic. Determined to live up to his last name, Han sets out on his own on a mission for vengeance. However, as he tries to leave the New Republic behind, he finds himself pulled right back in as he discovers a massive plot to undermine the government. As the fourth book in the New Jedi Order series and the first of James Luceno’s Agents of Chaos duology, this novel set the stage for a new phase of the Yuuzhan Vong war.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

The Unifying Force

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
The Yuuzhan Vong near ultimate victory in their quest to conquer the galaxy. The floundering Alliance is on the brink of total collapse. Meanwhile, some of its greatest heroes have vanished in its most dire time of need. However, an uprising from among the Yuuzhan Vong’s own ranks and a strange new toxin known as Alpha Red offer a small ray of hope. As the final moves of the war are made, Luke, Han, and Leia are desperate to stop the Yuuzhan Vong and save their galaxy once and for all...no matter the cost.With this novel, James Luceno takes readers on one final ride in the climactic conclusion of the lengthy New Jedi Order series.
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
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